Ghana International School organizes monthly community events to support Dads and Mums (with children from Ages 3-18) with relevant and timely parenting strategies. Today’s Topic: Protect your Child from Sexual Abuse, was targeted at Parents and Staff of G.I.S. It ran concurrently with the UN POP-UP Festival, a day set aside to promote and celebrate children’s rights as well as their emotions and well being.
The UN Pop Up Festival targets children between the ages of 7-18 as well as parents. G.I.S. collaborated with Imago-Connect Limited ( I.C.L), a UN selected partner for the event.
As a school we are excited to have been part of the UN’s initiative to bring emotional intelligence awareness and resources to children and adults while creating a friendly environment for children through dialogue and actions”. G.I.S continues to meet its strategic goals which include making an impact in our community though service.
Ms. Cecilia Dei-Anang, C.E.O of Imago-Connect Limited with Dr. Kristine Marbell-Pierre, Head of Guidance and Counselling at G.I.S, lead an icebreaker activity with parents and children in line with one of the UN POP-UP festival themes (Self Awareness)
“Emo Heads Up” icebreaker activity – Participants trying to figure out how to read each other’s emotions per their facial expression
She explains why it is better for one to say “I disagree” rather than “No”, clarifying that this response provides a platform for further engagement and dialogue.
Team members from Imago-Connect Limited, put children in various groups and asked them to disagree on a subject and explain their reasons (Fostering healthy relationships through interactions)
While the children participated in the UN-POP UP Festival, parents were engaged in an informative discussion about how to protect their wards from sexual abuse. The discussion was led by Dr. Kristine Marbell-Pierre
Parents joined in the UN POP-UP Festival with their children after the community event